Winter Olympics 2018: Dr Dre and sleep key for gold winners Anderson and Dahlmeier

Jamie Anderson successfully defended her Olympic ladies' slopestyle gold in Pyeongchang on Monday, while Laura Dahlmeier made history in the biathlon.

After Red Gerard triumphed in the men's event on Sunday, Anderson followed suit to make it a double for United States with the assistance of some "old school hip hop" as she waited for her run.

A well-rested Dahlmeier became the first woman to win the biathlon sprint and pursuit events at a single Winter Olympics, while Martin Fourcade is the only athlete to retain the gold in the 12.5 kilometre pursuit.

Norway have long been the dominant force in ski jumping and Maren Lundby became the country's first female champion with a distance of 110 metres in the normal hill final, while Canada claimed the first gold medal in figure skating with glory in the team event.

 

ANDERSON RAPS UP THE GOLD

Competing in an Olympic final requires a huge level of focus and slopestyle gold medallist Anderson revealed what she used to centre herself ahead of a huge moment in her career.

"I was listening to some old school hip-hop - Dr Dre. 'Next Episode', 'What's the difference' and 'Still D.R.E.' and I was laughing at myself because that album is from 2001 but I love the beats! It gets me in the zone and makes me want to dance and enjoy it. Music is power and I love it," said Anderson.

Despite tasting success amid high winds, the American admitted conditions were "not ideal"; silver medallist Laurie Blouin deemed it to be "unfair" and Enni Rukajarvi, who took bronze, said it was "too dangerous" and the final should have been cancelled or moved.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) issued a statement backing the decision to proceed with the competition, adding "the nature of outdoor sports ... requires adapting to the elements".

 

KINGSBURY AND WUST ON TOP

He may only be 25, but Mikael Kingsbury has already accumulated 48 World Cup gold medals, six overall titles in succession and two world championship triumphs during his freestyle skiing career. Now he has added an Olympic title.

Kingsbury was fourth in the first run of the final and only trailed Daichi Hara in the second, but he saved his best until last to beat Matt Graham to gold by over four points. By taking bronze, Hara became Asia's first medallist in the men's moguls.

While the Canadian clinched his first Olympic medal, Ireen Wust secured a place in history as the most-decorated speed skater at the Games.

Twelve years on from her first, Wust claimed her 10th medal at the Winters with 1,500m gold to also become the most successful Dutch Olympian of all time.

 

DAHLMEIER SLEEPING

Preparation is often key for elite athletes, and Dahlmeier's build-up to the 10km pursuit was dominated by one thing - sleep.

"After my first gold medal I couldn't sleep, I was so full of adrenaline," said Dahlmeier. "So last night I was just so tired I slept really well. I only got up at 12 [midday local time] and it was really light in our room."

Fourcade missed three shots as he finished a disappointing eighth in the 10km sprint on Sunday, but he had just one penalty as he overcame Sebastian Samuelsson and Benedikt Doll to win the 12.5km pursuit. 

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